SBE Receives Accreditation Extension from AACSB

Michigan Technological University’s School of Business and Economics has been approved for an accreditation extension to 2021 by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools Business.

The AACSB is the longest-serving global association dedicated to advancing management education worldwide. Michigan Tech’s SBE is among 746 business schools across 51 countries and territories accredited by the organization. The accreditation was approved by the Continuous Improvement Review Committee of the AACSB.

Dean Johnson, interim dean of the School of Business and Economics, says the accreditation renewal is an affirmation of the job the SBE is doing.

“This extension is the culmination of five years of diligent effort by the SBE faculty and staff, combined with the essential support from the University administration,” Johnson says. “Since our initial accreditation in 2001, the SBE faculty has delivered high quality experiential programs and assured our students are achieving critical learning goals. I thank each of them for their service.”

The School of Business and Economics offers undergraduate majors in Accounting, Economics, Engineering Management, Finance, Management, Management of Information Systems and Marketing. Graduate degrees include an MBA, a Master of Science in Accounting and a Master of Science in Applied Natural Resource Economics.

Johnson explained why AACSB accreditation is important. “As the premier accrediting body of business programs, AACSB has strict standards of excellence for curriculum development and faculty qualifications, research and teaching.   The output of this excellence is seen in our students. For example, students from AACSB programs score 9 percent higher on the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exams. It also documents that our educational programs are innovatively responding to the ever-changing demand of the business world and employers.”

 AACSB provides internationally recognized, specialized accreditation for business and accounting programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. The accreditation standards challenge educators to pursue excellence and continuous improvement through their business programs.

Grad Student Hears from President Obama

Michigan Tech graduate student Katherine Wiykovics wrote a letter to President Barack Obama, expressing her concern about how partisan and broken our political system seems to be, and she received a hand-written note from the president in response.

"I'm afraid, Mr. President," the computer science grad student wrote. "I am one who is not swayed so easily by emotion in my politics, but in facts and the facts are that we cannot have a country divided and have a stable government. "So I ask you: What can I do? I want to do something beyond just signing some random online petition that always seems to get nowhere. I want a government that works..."

The President replied: "Thanks for the letter. You seem like a wonderful young lady.

"I know politics seem frustrating sometimes. But despite all the rancor you see on TV, people are making a difference everyday in every corner of the country. So find an issue you care about, and volunteer—you'll meet people that inspire you, and find that you too can make a difference."

When President Obama was elected, he told his staff to send him 10 letters that reflect Americans from every corner of the country, from every background—the stories, cares and concerns of the very people who elected him to the presidency.

He's continued that practice every day since, reading, responding and visiting the homes and hometowns of letter writers who have inspired him and his policies, the White House says. Visit here for more.

New Student Disability Services Website Debuts

Student Disability Services and University Marketing and Communications have teamed up to re-launch the Student Disability Services website through the Dean of Students office. New resources have been added to the better-organized site, including:

  • student accommodation information along with instructions for notifying your instructor
  • accommodation descriptions for faculty
  • FAQs for both faculty and students
  • important information for parents

The additional information addresses many, if not all, of the issues presented at the recent Accommodations Coffee Chat co-hosted by Student Disability Services and the Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning.

We invite the campus community to review the new website and comment through the "Send Feedback" button at the bottom right of each web page. 

Water Reuse Using Reverse Osmosis as a Strategy to Reclaim Water in Drought Affected Areas

Water reuse is receiving increasing attention as a strategy that can improve reliability and drought resistance of water supplies.

Civil and Environmental Engineering faculty, Daisuke Minakata, was awarded new funding from the University of New Mexico to develop a comprehensive model that can predict the removal efficiency of numerous organic chemicals in the reverse osmosis (RO) process in reclaiming wastewater.

Wastewater reclamation plants use a combination of membrane and reverse osmosis technologies with advanced oxidation to make sure that trace level of organic chemical contaminants such as pharmaceuticals, personal care products, endocrine disrupting chemicals and disinfection byproducts are effectively removed using multi-barrier concepts.

The RO model will use a combination of a mathematical model and sophisticated computational chemistry molecular modeling. The team hopes to utilize this tool as a holistic predictive tool to predict the removal efficiency for the new chemical compounds that may be under consideration of future regulations.

Academic Integrity Student Survey Has Started

"If I show my solution to a classmate, is that cheating?"

"What if I just talk about a course problem with my friends?"

The Academic Integrity Committee wants to know student opinions and behavior about Academic Integrity issues through an online survey.

The survey is voluntary and anonymous, and takes about 15 to 20 minutes to complete. At the end of the survey, students can enter a drawing with 90 Michigan Tech gift cards! The probability of winning at least a $5 gift card is estimated to be 3.7%.

To take the survey, students need to open the email from the Academic Integrity Assessment Committee in their student email account. Faculty members, please encourage your students to take this survey. The survey is open through Wednesday, February 24.

For more details, including the assumptions and numbers behind the probability of winning estimate, find the survey information link online.

Code Ninja Workshop Saturday

At a workshop at Michigan Tech this Saturday, two female high school students will teach middle-school girls how to create simple, geometric scenes in 3-D, using a programming language called Processing.  The workshop runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Rekhi Hall 112.

Sarah Larkin-Driscoll and Miriam Eikenberry-Ureel, local high school students, will teach girls how to write programs that display basic shapes such as cubes, spheres, cones and ellipsoids in a 3-D space. By combining these shapes creatively, students can construct their own virtual worlds. 
The students will have an opportunity to view their scenes using an Oculus Rift, which provides an immersive experience so they can move around within their scene.

This is the second Code Ninjas Workshop for Girls, sponsored by Michigan Tech and an AspireIT grant from the National Center for Women and Information Technology. 

Jackson Graduate Online Learning grants

A generous gift from William G. Jackson will allow the Center for Teaching and Learning the ability to solicit one final round of proposals for grants to academic departments or teams of instructors interested in ONLINE course/program development. In accordance with the strategic plan, funding will be made available to revise or promote development of new online courses and/or programs at the graduate level.

Grants will be awarded at the following levels:
  • $10,000 grants: revision of a current series or creation of at least 3 new online courses.
  • $25,000 grants: revision or creation of a full online program.

Total of all awards is expected to be $50,000.

An intent to apply form is due no later than March 14, 2016. More information, including application forms, detailed criteria, and deadlines are available on the Jackson Center Website.

African Night is Saturday

African Night is Saturday February, 20, in the MUB Ballroom. This year's theme is "The African Market Experiences."

Dinner is from 6 to 8 p.m. with a performance from 8 to 10 p.m.

Featured performers this year are:

  • Madafo the Storyteller—Madafo tells classic tales for the young and elderly, recites poetry written by the masters and plays the music of the sage. The works of Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Kahil Gibran and other favorite authors are presented in this delightful and insightful program of timeless laughter, folk literature and song.
  • Bichinis Bia Congo Dance Theatre—Established in 1979 by Brazzaville, Congo native, Jean-Claude Biougilla Biza (Sompa) is a performance theater that promotes the preservation and practice of authentic Congolese Dance and African Culture.

  • Star Fashion Show—Star Misskemi is a Nigerian model, designer and makeup artist based in Lower Michigan running House of Zuri, an African-inspired agency providing services in fashion designing, modeling, styling, photography and Makeup-artistry.

Other attractions are a photo-booth and souvenir store featuring African print apparels and accessories available for people to purchase. Tickets are $10 and are currently being sold at the MUB Commons each day from noon to 3 p.m. Come and enjoy the African Market Experience."

This Week's C-Cubed Menu

C-Cubed (Conversation, Community, Collegiality) continues to  from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited.

Lunch is $10 (cash, credit and C-Cubed Gift Certificates accepted); attendees may bring their own lunch instead of purchasing the buffet.

Fruit-infused water, coffee, tea, cookies and fruit are available free for all. Even if the food doesn't draw you in, don't miss the opportunity to take a break in a lovely setting with good conversation. See below for this week's menu:

Thursday 2/18/16

  • Quinoa, Broccoli & Kale Curry (VGF)
  • Butter Chicken (GF)
  • Basmati Rice (VGF)
  • Cucumber Peanut Salad (VGF) 

Friday 2/19/16

  • Pan Fried Cod (GF)
  • Lemon Garlic, & Horseradish Herb Dipping Sauces (VGF)
  • Potato Gratin (VGF)
  • Broccoli Crunch Salad (VGF)
  • Rolls and Butter (V)

This Week in Husky Sports


Huskies Drive Time, 7:30-8 a.m. on 93.5 FM


Women’s Basketball hosts Northwood, 5:30 p.m. 
Men’s Basketball hosts Northwood, 7:30 p.m. 


Men’s Tennis at St. Cloud State, 7 p.m.
Hockey at Bemidji State, 8:37 p.m. 


Nordic Skiing at NCAA Central Regional (Marquette)
Women’s Basketball hosts Lake Superior State, 1 p.m.
Men’s Basketball hosts Lake Superior State, 3 p.m. 
Men’s Tennis at St. John’s (Minn.), 3 p.m.
Hockey at Bemidji State, 8:07 p.m. 


Nordic Skiing at NCAA Central Regional (Marquette)


Brewster Named Assistant AD

Michigan Tech announced long-time athletic trainer Brian Brewster has been hired as assistant athletic director for sports medicine and performance.

Brewster has worked for UP Health System -Portage as the coordinator of sports medicine for the last nine seasons. He began his tenure working with Huskies athletics in 2005. 

Brewster’s new role will remain largely the same, with added responsibilities for oversight of strength and conditioning. He will also be the liaison working to continue the positive relationship between Michigan Tech and UP Health System.

“Brian has tremendous knowledge and a gift for working with student-athletes to prepare them for competition and help them return to play,” said Michigan Tech athletic director Suzanne Sanregret. “By having him as a university employee, he can keep the health and welfare of our student-athletes as his top priority. Read the full story.

For more on Michigan Tech Athletics, visit

Stankowski Named Academic All-District

Kyle Stankowski of the Michigan Tech men's basketball team is one of five players in the NCAA Midwest Region to earn Academic All-District honors by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Stankowski, who gained this same honor as a junior a year ago, averages 6.9 points and 3.0 rebounds per game for the Huskies. He has six games in double figures with a season high of 16 points, which he tallied both Nov. 27 vs. Southern Wesleyan and Feb. 13 at Saginaw Valley State. The 6-9 forward is shooting 52.9 percent from the floor and has a team-high 23 blocked shots on the year. In the classroom, Stankowski owns a 3.93 grade point average in electrical engineering.

To be nominated, individuals must possess a 3.30 cumulative grade point average or higher, be starters or key reserves, and not be first-year students at their institution. The All-District honorees will now be considered for Academic All-America, which will be released March 2.

To read the full story and find out more about Michigan Tech athletics, visit

ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker

The next ME-EM Graduate Seminar speaker will be at 4 p.m. Thursday, February 18, in 103 EERC

Marie Paretti an associate professor of engineering education at Virginia Tech will present "What Do Faculty Teach and What Do Students Learn: Studies of Teamwork in Engineering."

Paretti's research focuses on communication and collaboration, design education and identity (including race, gender, class, etc.) in engineering. She was awarded a CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation to study expert teaching in capstone design courses and is co-PI on numerous NSF grants exploring communication, teamwork, design and identity in engineering.

The event is partially sponsored/funded by the Visiting Women & Minority Lecturer/Scholar Series (VWMLS) which is funded by a grant to the Institutional Equity & Inclusion from the State of Michigan's King-Chavez-Parks Initiative.

Geoseminar David Watkins (CEE)

The next Geoseminar will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Friday, February 19 in 610 Dow. David Watkins (CEE) will present "Understanding Socioeconomic Drought in Central Texas and Predicting."

Droughts are unlike other natural hazards. They develop slowly over large areas, with a wide range of response times for decisions to mitigate impacts. Droughts also affect different water use sectors in varying ways, with some water users better able to mitigate risk than others, depending on their resource access (e.g., by switching to another source). In responding to drought, individual water users and organizations may be constrained by past practices and current policies that are insufficiently flexible to allow the infusion of new information.

This project explores the dynamics and predictability of socioeconomic drought in central Texas, as defined primarily by surface reservoir storage levels. In collaboration with the Lower Colorado River Authority, opportunities for (and challenges to) using new information, including soil moisture observations and seasonal hydroclimatic forecasts, are explored.

Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar

The next Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar is from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, February 18, in Room 642 Dow.

The speaker will be Adjunct Professor William Leder, P.E. (CEE) delivering "Spanning the Keweenaw Waterway During a Prolonged Outage of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge."

The Portage Lake Lift Bridge, opened in 1959, is the only roadway link to the northern half of the Keweenaw Peninsula, home to 21,000 people, and the location of the region's two hospitals and only airport.

The Lift Bridge is vital infrastructure for emergency services, the economy, institutions, and society. What would happen if the Lift Bridge were to become unusable for an extended period of time?

Leder will present a recently-completed planning and conceptual design study on the rapid deployment and operation of a United States Army modular floating bridge. Some of the key considerations are stakeholder identification, crossing location, on-shore interfaces, access roads, traffic flow, and permits. The Public welcome to attend.

IT Connect

The New HuskyCard

Do you use the US Bank debit feature on your HuskyCard? If so, please be aware of these important dates: 
  • February 21: Any card replacements issued after this date will no longer have the US Bank feature. However, if no replacement is needed and your card has been previously activated, then your current HuskyCard will still work as a bank card through June 2016.
  • June 30: You must withdraw any remaining balance on your card by this date; contact US Bank and any remaining account balance will be returned to you. 

If you have never activated the US Bank feature, then this change to the HuskyCard will not affect you, and you can use your card as you have in the past. In the end, this change will make replacing and issuing cards a simpler process for you. 

Read more about the HuskyCard changes in our Customer Support Center at the following link.

If you have any questions or concerns about the HuskyCard changes, contact us at or call 7-1111.


Lunch and Lean: Inclusive Classrooms

Conscious or unconscious bias, whether based on culture, gender, sexual identity or other factors, can result in diminished learning. In this session co-sponsored by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) we’ll explore ways to avoid and address unintentional bias in a classroom.

It will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday February 23. Prior to the event, participants will be asked to watch several videos by experienced facilitators and select the most relevant topic for further lunchtime discussion. Topics include the imposter syndrome, underrepresented populations, language use, groupings, example choice and campus resources for instructors.  

Lunch will be provided to those who register by Friday, February 19. Click here to register.


ME-EM Faculty Candidate - Zhi Liang

Zhi Liang, post-doctoral research associate in the Department of Material Science Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and adjunct lecturer in the School of Engineering at RPI, will present "Harnessing interfaces for Efficient Heat Transfer in Microelectronic Devices" at 3 p.m. today in MEEM 402.


ASEM Sponsoring Career Fair Panel

All majors, faculty and staff are welcome to attend the American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM) Career Fair Panel at 5 p.m. tomorrow (February 17) in Chem Sci 104B.

Come join us for an informative panel discussion and learn about various companies. If you have any questions or would like more information about the panel or ASEM, email Tim Spehar or Justine Barker.

In Print

PhD students Jephias Gwamuri (MSE) and Ankit Vora (ECE) collaborated with  Jeyanthinath Mayandi (MSE) Durdu Güney (ECE), Paul Bergstrom (ECE) and Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) on, "A new method of preparing highly conductive ultra-thin indium tin oxide for plasmonic-enhanced thin film solar photovoltaic devices," published in Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells.


Job Posting

Staff and faculty job description are available in the Human Resources Department. For more information regarding staff positions call 7-2280 or email For more information regarding faculty positions contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Volcano Remote Sensing, Geological and Mining Engineerings and Sciences. Apply online.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Education Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. 


In the News

Fox 11 News in Green Bay, Wis., covered the Michigan Tech Mind Trekkers science road show at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay last week. Read more online.


The Traverse City Eagle Record published an article about satellite imagery used in a study by the Michigan Tech Research Institute in Ann Arbor, to determine where in the Great Lakes conditions might be best for spawning grounds for lake trout. Assistant Research Scientist Amanda Grimm from MTRI was lead author on the study. Read the article.

Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) was interviewed for the MIT-Sloan Management Review in the article:"The Revolution Will Be Customized (and Recycled and Solar-Powered)."

Pearce's work in open source lab equipment was highlighted in the article "The $900 Renegade: Ourobotics Releases Fully Open Source Bioprinter" published in 3D Printing and Industry.